Canadian Studies

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The MacOdrum Library is located on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. Use this guide to begin your research and consult Martha Attridge Bufton, who can help you find the materials you need to complete your assignments.

Meet Martha Attridge Bufton in the following video.

Pick a research topic

  • Read your syllabus (assignment instructions).
  • Pick a topic that interests you and meets the assignment instructions.
  • Narrow or broaden the scope of your topic so that it is "doable."
    • What's scope? Scope refers to the "people, places and things" or "who, what, when and where" that you are studying. For example, Canada or another country? Children or adults? Education or child protection services?

Identify key concepts

Do an initial search for academic sources

  • Here are some videos to help you pick the right search engines and sources for your assignment.
  • Use the CRAP test to evaluate the quality of online sources.

Popular versus academic sources (what's the difference?) and the peer review process

Test your knowledge:

Play Sources: Level 1 
Play Sources: Level 2 

Searching tips: Truncation and phrase searching

Find peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics

These databases have significant Canadian content:

Databases for heritage conservation 

Other databases

  • Google Scholar (provides access to scholarly literature from many disciplines and sources including peer reviewed articles)

Images

  • Finding and using images: a Carleton University library guide (including how to cite images in your projects and presentations)

Open access journals

Heritage conservation archival publications

Recommended peer-review journals in our library collection

Some publications are available either only in print or online. Others are available in both formats. Check UlrichsWeb for more information about individual journals.

Find books

In the search field on the library home page, use keywords to find books and ebooks (i.e., use your key concepts to search for relevant materials). You can limit your results by clicking on the Books/ebooks filter in the left-hand navigation. 

Here is a small sample of some library ebooks related to Canadian studies:

Here is a small sample of some ebook collections relevant to Canadian studies:

Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks are a good place to find short definitions and introductions to key concepts.

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Handbooks

 

Find government policies

  1. Find government information online using the library's customized Google search. 
  2. Canadian Heritage.  Click on "Cultural diversity and rights" in the left-hand menu, then "Human Rights" and then "Canada's Reports to the UN" (middle section of the page) for reports that detail government policies and activities (federal and provincial) related to a number of important international treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
  3. Employment and Social Development Canada.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "publications and resources" for audits, evaluations and other departmental reports.
  4. Office of the Auditor General of Canada.  The OAG publishes reports that evaluation government policies and programs.  
  5. Library of Parliament of Canada.  The library produces publications on policy issues.
  6. Search the Canadian Government Policy Cycle subject guide.  
  7. Search the Canadian Research Index.

A short list of Canadian federal departments and agencies

Canadian legislation

Department of Justice

Other federal and provincial legislation

International legislation

United Kingdom

United States

Other

Federal

Find data at the Carleton University library's Data Centre.

Federal

Provincial

 

 Use our Citing your sources page to link to our APA guide, instructional videos and more.

Content last updated: January 22, 2020